Upcoming Webinar

Essentials: What U.S. and International Companies Doing Business in Canada Need To Know About Canadian Sanctions

Date:  Thursday, August 10, 2017

Time:  12:00 PM – 01:15 PM EST

This Essentials webinar is a live online course focusing on the fundamentals of Canadian sanctions and export controls programs. The course is designed for U.S. and international sanctions compliance professionals, providing practical advice on doing business in Canada while navigating Canadian sanctions laws. Essentials will provide attendees with a solid framework, practical tips and up-to-date information – the information you need to stay compliant!

What you will learn:

  • Navigating conflicts of law between Canada, U.S. law, including the Cuba embargo
  • When strict adherence to U.S. trade control laws can result in a violation of Canada law
  • Where Canada trade controls are more stringent that U.S. controls,
  • Practical issues and pitfalls such as Canada “red flag” destinations and crafting U.S. compliance policy onto Canada operations
  • Enforcement power of Canadian authorities, and lessons learned from real life cases


75 minutes

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Certificate of Attendance

If you participate in the live webinar, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which you can use to show you meet your government-required training duties.

John Boscariol
Heads the International Trade & Investment Law Group at McCarthy Tétrault

Mr. Boscariol heads the International Trade & Investment Law Group at McCarthy Tétrault. He focuses on economic sanctions and trade embargoes, export, import and technology transfer controls, defence trade controls, and more. He has recognized expertise in the interaction of Canadian trade controls with those of the US and EU. Recognitions include: 2015 and 2014 Global Law Experts Practice Award for International Trade Compliance Lawyer of the Year (Canada). He is Deputy Rule of Law Officer and Past Division Chair of the ABA Section of International Law. He is Senior Adviser and Past Co-Chair of the ABA Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee. He is Co-Chair of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters’ Export Committee.

Stephen Alsace
Senior Director, Sanctions at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto

Stephen Alsace is Senior Director, Sanctions at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto, and is responsible for global sanctions compliance and anti-terrorist financing for the CIBC group of companies.  Stephen is a graduate of both the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, and the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, holding both an LL.B and a J.D. respectively.  He also holds graduate degrees in European Studies from the University of Strasbourg, France. Stephen articled and began practicing with Borden Ladner Gervais in 1997, then moved to the CIBC Legal Department from 2001-2013, where his responsibilities included AML and sanctions. In 2013, he was appointed to his current role in the CIBC AML Group.  Stephen has spoken at numerous conferences on sanctions and AML related topics in Toronto, New York and Washington, D.C.

Saskia Rietbroek
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and
an industry leader on anti-money laundering (AML)

Saskia is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and an industry leader on anti-money laundering (AML) and related financial crime topics. Saskia has over 15 years of AML experience, in the USA, Latin America and Europe. Stemming from her global footprint, she applies valuable expertise and insight into international training, and financial crime compliance projects. Saskia was the founding Executive Director of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). She conducts training, independent reviews of AML/OFAC Compliance Programs, designs AML/OFAC Manuals, and AML/OFAC Risk Assessments. Saskia is also Partner at AML Services International, a multi-media training company in the anti-money laundering (AML) and counter terrorist financing (CTF) field. Its webinar series attracts hundreds of financial institutions from all over the world. Saskia spearheaded ACAMS as its founding Executive Director from October 2001 to December 2005. Under her leadership, ACAMS grew from 0-3500 members from 101 countries, and developed the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists Program (CAMS), which has become the de facto AML credential in the financial services industry worldwide. She has served on the ACAMS Advisory Board, and on the ACAMS Exam Preparation Seminar Taskforce. From 2007-2010, Saskia served as Financial Crimes Advisor to Fiserv, a U.S- based Fortune 500 company. She is a frequent speaker in English, Spanish and Dutch on a variety of financial crime subjects. She earned law degrees from Leiden University (Netherlands) and Universidad La Católica (Lima, Peru). She also has an international MBA from Florida International University. She speaks fluent Dutch, English, Spanish and basic German.

In accordance with the International Compliance Association (ICA) protocols, ICA awards CPD points to SanctionsAlert.com webinars on the basis of the learning hour. For a webinar of 75 minutes, this means 1.25 CPD points.

This course has been approved for 1.25 CFCS credits by the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists.

This Live Webinar is Included in the SanctionsAlert.com Membership. SanctionsAlert.com Members will receive an email with log in details one day before the Webinar. These are also posted on the SanctionsAlert.com Platform. After the Live Webinar, SanctionsAlert.com Members can also view this webinar on-demand on our Platform.

Attendee Testimonials


Bank of America

“Great knowledge from the presenters and the content was relevant”
— José R. Fernandez, Bank of America – Charlotte, NC, USA


Wells Fargo

“Great coverage of information”
— Cathy Swindell-Smith, Wells Fargo – Charlotte, NC, USA


Axa Equitable Life Insurance Company

“It was very informative. The speakers were clear and the information was disseminated in a clear, concise manner.”
— Nicolette Douglas, Axa Equitable Life Insurance Company – New York, NY, USA



“The content was excellent and easy to understand. The presenters did a great job!”
— Susan Wilson, RBC – Toronto, Canada


Comerico Bank

“Both speakers were exceptionally knowledgeable and provided practical information regarding the sanctions changes”
— Adam Hermes, Comerico Bank – Livonia, USA